Steelers QB Mason Rudolph had his ‘best game’ vs. Rams, OC says
It’s been a season of ups and downs for Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The second-year player was immediately thrown into the spotlight after Ben Roethlisberger’s season unexpectedly ended early with an elbow injury.
A good number of Steelers fans prepared for the worst as Rudolph was still an unproven QB despite his impressive track record at Oklahoma State. However, he’s surprised fans and critics alike with a passing game that’s showing enough promise.
In fact, offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner believes that his latest outing, a 242-yard–one-touchdown performance against the Los Angeles Rams–is the young quarterback’s best showing yet in a Steelers jersey.
“I think it was his best game of consistently making decisions and putting the ball in proper spots,” offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner said following practice today, per Steelers.com. “That led to opportunities down the field.
“And he did a nice job with it, put balls in places we could catch them.”
Center Maurkice Pouncey shared his OC’s observation. He said that the young playcaller is slowly getting more and more comfortable on the field and will soon be ready to pull off more upsets like Week 10 on a regular basis. He also told the media to slow it down when it comes to placing expectations on the 24-year-old.
Rudolph has thrown for 1,330 passing yards and 11 touchdowns through seven games played. His four interceptions and multiple games with passing yards not reaching the 200-yard mark shows the rough edges of his game.
However, he himself knows that there’s no better teacher than experience. Eventually, all of the errors he’s made will eventually make him the best football player for the Steelers franchise.